Learner Profile

What is the Learner Profile?

At the heart of the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) is the “learner profile”, a long- term, holistic vision of education that underpins all three programmes and puts the student at the centre of everything we do. The learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century. The ten aspirational qualities of the learner profile inspire and motivate the work of teachers, students and schools, providing a statement of the aims and values of the IB and a definition of what we mean by “international-mindedness”.

"The learner profile unites us all with a common focus: on the whole person, as a lifelong learner. It applies to us all – student, teacher, parent or administrator – for we are all continually learning."

Source: What Is International Baccalaureate Programme - https://www.whatisib.com/what-is-the-learner-profile.html

The Learner Profile Aims to Develop Learners Who Are:











LP Continuum Posters


Learner Profile Posters

Learner Profile Posters.pdf
Source: Twinkl (Some free PYP resources)

PYP Leadership Profile

Leadership Skills.pdf
Source Website: Seisen International School
The above document was created by Grade 5 students during a leadership week. You can view the entire process here.

What Risk-Taking Means in a School

Tom Barrett states in his The Dialogic Learning Weekly, that you don’t have to look through many school websites or brochure copy, before stumbling on ’21st century learners’. The common pairing is to mention some vagary about culture or students as ‘risk taking’.

We need better definitions in education about what risk-taking means.

  • A student sharing an idea is a risk.

  • A parent visiting the school for a meeting might, for them, be a risk.

  • Approaching a subject in a new way might be a risk.

  • A teacher designing a different lesson for the first time is a risk.

  • A team engaging with new methods of professional growth is a risk.

  • Teams collaborating on a project is a risk.

It is dependent on the context, our perception of risk and the shared definition.

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Risk-Taking is Often Ill-Defined in Education

As leaders of learning we can put some parameters around this. Our starting point might be to have a shared understanding. Scott Mautz describes this as establishing the rules of risk taking:

Tom has seen so many leaders talk a big game about the need for employees to take risks, but when the risks don’t pan out, employees get hammered. Avoid this by establishing and broadly communicating what the rules of risk taking are. What constitutes a good risk? A bad one? Who needs to approve risks to be taken?

We can increase the definition of what we mean by risk and risk-taking actions. We can counter the vague platitudes of contemporary educational jargon.

Your Talking Points

  • How do different teams define risk-taking behaviours?

  • Why is risk taking important for us?

Learner Profile Activities for Parents

LP Activities for Parents.pdf

Learner Profile Trailblazer Postes

Learner Profile Posters Trailblazers.pdf
Source: Parita Parekh - Trailblazers Collection

The Importance of Teaching Empathy as an ATL

Prior to the Enhanced PYP, empathy was an "PYP Attitude" attribute. In the Enhanced PYP, it has been subsumed into the Learner Profile under "Caring". Since empathy needs to be explicitly taught, I encourage PYP teachers to consider teaching empathy as an ATL skill under "Social Skills" (as it is in the MYP). Learn more about the importance of teaching Empathy.

Learner Profile in Action




What Am I?: A PYP Learner Profile Game

Learner Profile What Am I.pdf
Source: Twinkl (Some free PYP resources)

Student Created Learner Profile Definitions

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Grade 2 Students - Nagoya International School

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